August 13, 2016: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. We will have a potluck at this meeting. Please bring something tasty to share. Also plan on bringing your plates, cups, and utensils. Come with something about your garden to share as well! This is also a potluck of ideas! We will plan on sharing tricks, wisdom, tools, and successes from our gardens. We can also work on problem solving for things that are not going well! We will also have a fig grafting demonstration!
We have two very nice home garden tours for July, on Saturday July 9, and July 16. Both properties are quite large, and you can plan on spending a minimum of 30 minutes touring the orchards and asking questions. These tours are for members only (because of insurance) so be sure to look for more information in your CRFG email!
June 11, 2016: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. Come early for chatting and snacking. Ernesto Sandoval will be speaking about the relationship between plant hormones and pruning trees.
Ernesto Sandoval has been wondering and seeking questions to why plants grow and look the way that they do for a long time. He regularly lectures to a variety of western Garden Clubs throughout the year. Ernesto thoroughly enjoys helping everyone, and gardeners in particular, to understand why and how plants do what they do.
When he was about 13 he asked his dad why one tree was pruned a particular way and another tree another way. His dad answered bluntly “because that’s the way you do it.” Since then he’s been finding the answers to those and many other questions by getting a degree at UC Davis in Botany and working from student weeder/waterer to Director over the last 25 years at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory.
April 9, 2016: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. Come early for chatting and snacking.
Want to put fresh produce on the table all year round? That’s been Lisa Stapleton’s goal for two decades for her San Jose garden, and she’s now achieved it—thanks in large measure to citrus, avocados and other fruits you might not have considered. She’ll share what she’s learned, including:
Avocado varietal selection for Bay Area cold tolerance, pollination, bearing time and fruit quality
Picking citrus varieties that extend your season
Tips for creating microclimates that help cold-sensitive plants survive
A calendar of fruits and their seasons, for help in creating your own year-round orchard
Join us for a presentation that will show you how even a small plot of land can become productive all year—and give you pointers for where to go to learn more.
We will also hold the greenwood scion exchange and the citrus budwood sale! If your have fruiting plants that are green all year (avocado, macadamia, feijoa, etc) or cuttings of plants that can be rooted now, and you would like to share, please bring them! DO NOT BRING CITRUS CUTTINGS TO THIS EXCHANGE! Citrus wood movement is restricted due to HLB disease!
February 6, 2016: Saturday orchard work party in the heritage orchard at Prusch Park. Everyone welcome. Please come and help in the maintenance of our orchard. Learn from the pros! Yummy snacks provided. Time 9:00 to 11:00.
February 13, 2016: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. Come early for chatting and snacking. Presentation will be with Zea Sonnabend and Terence Welch from Fructilicious Farms in Watsonville. Fruitilicious Farm is 18 acres of land with mature apple trees in one area, and another area which is planted with a diversity of young fruiting trees and bushes. Their experience includes growing apples, pears, figs, quince, citrus, peaches, avocados, blueberries, sea berries, honey berries, and feijoa, with other ideas in the works! Both Zea and Terence have years of experience in organic management and production of fruits, and are happy to share their knowledge.
January 2, 2016: Scion cutting and potluck at Prusch – for members only due to liability and insurance reasons. At this meeting we join to prepare the wood for several chapter scion exchanges.
January 9, 2016: This is the date of the Annual Scion Exchange at Emma Prusch Park Multi-Cultural Center at 647 S. King Road, San Jose! This is a big event that we all look forward to! We will have hundreds of different varieties of Pome (apple and pear) and Stone (apricot, peach, plum, nectarine, and cherry) and persimmon fruit scions for grafting. There will also be many varieties of fig, berry, pomegranate and grape cuttings for rooting. Please bring plastic bags and labels for the wood you want to take home. There will be grafting classes as well, at 11:15 and at 1:00.
This free public event is open 11:00 to 3:00! CRFG state members may enter at 10:00. Early admittance requires proof of membership!
December 6, 2015: Cancelled!!
Sunday orchard work party in the heritage orchard at Prusch Park. Everyone welcome. Please come and help in the maintenance of our orchard. Learn from the pros! Yummy snacks provided. Time 9:00 to 11:00.
December 12, 2015: Bi-monthly meeting at Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Meeting starts at 1:00. Come early for chatting and snacking. Ed Laivo will be speaking on cultivar selection for our changing climate. Presently Ed works with Four Winds Growers. I encourage you to check their website if you have not before. The company is continuing to expand their product line beyond citrus. Ed also has a long history of working in the home orchard industry with Dave Wilson Nursery. So come with lots of questions!